America’s guiltiest pleasure: the hot dog. Following a road trip Loftus and her then-partner took in the summer of 2021, this is so much more than just a history book with a suggestive title. Stories of meth motels, the hunt for the best hotdog in the country, and brilliant musings on organized labor and the food industry in the United States, all wrapped into one, clever, laugh-out-loud book. Loftus’ humor transfers onto the page so well, it makes for a history book like no other.
Raw Dog by Jamie Loftus, (List Price: 26.99, Forge Books, 9781250847744, May 2023)
Reviewed by Grace Sullivan, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia